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Posted: April 16, 2012 10:15 p.m.
Updated: April 16, 2012 10:14 p.m.
Mets cool off Braves

New York Mets' David Wright, right, high-fives teammate Ike Davis after Davis hit a three-run home run in the sixth inning of Monday's game in Atlanta.


ATLANTA — Ike Davis hit a tiebreaking three-run homer and Dillon Gee pitched four-hit ball over seven innings, leading the New York Mets to another victory over the Atlanta Braves, 6-1 Monday night.

The Mets snapped Atlanta's five-game winning streak and kept up their early dominance in the NL East rivalry, winning again after a three-game sweep of the Braves in New York to start the season.

With the game tied at 1 in the sixth, Atlanta intentionally walked hot-hitting David Wright with two outs to get to Davis. The strategy backfired when Tommy Hanson (1-2) hung a 2-2 pitch and Davis drove it into the right-field seats.

Gee (1-1) was never in much trouble. Atlanta put together a couple of hits and a walk in the second, leading to its only run on Jack Wilson's RBI groundout.

Wilson nearly homered in the fifth, but left fielder Jason Bay leaped against the wall to make a brilliant catch above the yellow line.

That was a familiar look for the Braves on this night, rekindling memories of their opening series in New York. Atlanta wound up losing its first four games, its worst start since 1988, but rebounded with the five straight victories to climb above .500.

Then New York came to Turner Field. In the early going, at least, the Mets clearly had the Braves' number.

Atlanta's only other serious threat against Gee came in the sixth. Dan Uggla led off with a single, and an apparent double-play grounder by Jason Heyward was waved off because the hitter's bat nicked the glove of catcher Josh Thole. Atlanta couldn't take advantage of the error as Gee fought back from a 3-1 hole to strike out Eric Hinske, got Wilson on a slow roller that moved the runners to second and third, then fanned pinch-hitter Juan Francisco to end the threat.

Hanson went seven innings, allowing just five hits. But his throwing error on an attempted pickoff at first base led to an unearned run in the third, erasing Atlanta's early 1-0 lead. Then, in the seventh, Hanson skipped a pitch in the dirt for a wild pitch, allowing Thole to race home from third with an insurance run.

Bay capped the scoring with a leadoff homer off Livan Hernandez in the ninth.

 

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